Ray Rice fallout roundup: Free pizzas, jersey exchanges and ‘Madden 15’ expulsion
The coverage regarding the fallout following the release of a disgustingly troubling and wholly reprehensible video that shows former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée in the face inside an Atlantic City casino elevator has reached a critical media mass, with seemingly every outlet inside and outside the sports world covering the sordid and sad story.
From how the NFL completely dropped the ball in meting out its punishment to Rice to everything that transpired before and afterward is rightfully the predominant talker of the week thus far.
While the entire saga requires a far more serious examination from those far more qualified to do so, below is a rundown of some of the less significant but newsworthy developments that have occurred since the release of the video, the Ravens cutting ties with Rice and the NFL suspending the running back indefinitely.
EA Sports has announced that Ray Rice will be removed from “Madden 15” upon a roster update scheduled for Friday, Kotaku reports.
Source tells @FOXSports1 that @EASPORTS will remove Ray Rice from Madden ’15 as part of Wk 1 update. Won’t be on Ravens or free agent lists.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 9, 2014
Confirmed with EA that Ray Rice will be removed from Madden NFL 15. Rosters will be updated by Friday.
— Brett Molina (@brettmolina23) September 9, 2014
The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday morning that the team will be offering a jersey exchange at some point in the future, tentatively to be held at M&T Stadium at an unspecified date.
The Baltimore Ravens will offer an exchange for Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores. Details to come. — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 9, 2014
Finally, a Baltimore restaurant is offering free pizza in exchange for Rice jerseys, reports the New York Daily News.
“Come trade your Ray Rice Ravens Jersey in for a free pizza at Hersh’s,” Hersh’s Pizza, located in Federal Hill, announces in a statement. “These jerseys will save us money on toilet paper this week.”
The restaurant also announced in a Facebook post that for every jersey turned in, the restaurant will donate $2.70 to Baltimore-based charity House of Ruth, Maryland, Inc.
While these three items pale in comparison to the many issues that must be dealt with in the aftermath of such a troubling story, they indicate that Rice’s fall from NFL superstar to condemned pariah has been swift … and it’s likely only just beginning.